Plaza Pride Newsletter

Working together to engage, challenge, inspire and grow.

5/27/21

message from the principal

Tiger Talk 5/27/21

Dismissal Time for the last day of school

Plaza will dismiss at 10:31 am on Friday, May 28th. We will dismiss in the same manner that we have done all year! If you have any questions in particular please reach out to us for clarification.

6th and 7th grade awards presentations

Below you will find the award presentations for our 6th and 7th graders. We are so proud of all of our Tigers!!!


We look forward to seeing you next year.

Plaza Legends Awards Slides
Plaza Heroes Awards Slides
End of Year Recognition Vid FINAL

8th grade awards ceremonies

Warriors 5/24
Champions 5/24

students will be keeping their laptops this summer!!!

Students will be keeping their laptops for the summer. Our district technology department has provided the following FAQ sheet to help you understand this new process.



Why are students allowed to keep their laptops this summer?


Over the past few years, we have gotten feedback from staff, students and families about the

desire and benefits of allowing students to keep their district-issued laptops throughout the

summer months. Based on this feedback and other data, the decision was made to allow this

option to support equitable technology access and continuous learning.


Some of the major benefits of students having device access year-round are:

• Continued access to the same laptop for those attending summer school

• Limits the disruption to learning at the beginning and end of the school year caused by

the collection and distribution of devices

• Provides equitable and continued access to those families who may not have a laptop

and/or Internet in their homes

• Opportunities to learn new skills (i.e. learn an instrument, language, new program, etc.)

• Continued access to technology tools and resources to support learning

• Expansion of educational programs such as Professional Studies and NCAPS

• Supports completion of Credit Recovery courses

• Supports completion of other online courses, including those for college credit

• Students and their families can stay better connected with their schools

• Supports completion of college applications, job applications and extra-curricular

activities


What if a guardian prefers their student turn in the laptop for the summer?


Students and their families can opt to turn-in the laptop for the summer if they prefer. If a

student is not keeping the laptop, he/she should turn in the laptop and charger on the last day

of school to the building technology office. Students should keep the laptop sleeve, charger and styluses. Hotspots can be kept or returned.


What are the expectations students should follow with summer laptop use?


Students should follow the same expectations of technology use as they do during the school year. All students must abide by the Acceptable Use Policy. Students and guardians review and sign this policy annually during online verification and beginning of the year activities. In addition, Park Hill School District has a strict web filter that works from anywhere – even while the device is at home. Inappropriate laptop use can and will be monitored. For more detail about device expectations, please revisit the One-to-One Technology Handbook, found on our website.


What if a student doesn’t follow expectations or requires disciplinary action?


If a parent, teacher or another student identifies a student misusing his/her laptop, they should notify the Technology Help Desk and/or school administrator immediately. Students who do not follow expectations, will have their summer laptop privileges revoked. Severe misuse, such as cyberbullying, use of inappropriate images, and web filter workarounds, will result in additional disciplinary action as part of the student’s permanent record.


What if a student has technical issues or the laptop gets damaged?


The Technology Help Desk will be open throughout the summer, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students and staff can get technology help via phone at 816-359-5000, online via ticket or chat, or by setting up an appointment to visit the Help Desk at the lower level of District Office. Visitors should enter through the main, east doors of District Office and take the elevator or stairs down to the Help Desk.


If a family opted-in to the technology insurance program for the 2020-21 school year, this

insurance will apply through the summer months, and reduce the out of pocket costs should the laptop become damaged. You can find more information about our insurance program on our website.


How will new students get a laptop?


Laptops will be distributed to new students during the first week of school of the new academic year.


What if a student is leaving the district?


Students not returning to the Park Hill School District next year should turn in their laptop,

sleeve, stylus and charger to their building technology office on their last day of school. If the

laptop and accessories are not returned, the student will be charged for the cost of the device.


What if a family is having trouble facilitating their student’s use of a laptop?


We have several resources for families to manage use of technology at home. Check out this

page on our website for tips and tools for navigating the web and technology confidently with

your family. For more assistance, families can contact the Help Desk at 816-359-5000

BRAG CORNER

Check out these awesome things happening at Plaza!

Exemplary New Principal

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Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Singletary, principal at Plaza Middle School, on receiving the Exemplary New Principal award from the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association! Watch here to see his reaction when he found out he received the award! #ParkHillProud
Exemplary New Principal

Congrats to our 2020-21 retirees!

Plaza Choir Performance

Have a listen to this beautiful arrangement that Mrs. Rulon and Plaza Choir students put together for your enjoyment! They are truly incredible!
Plaza Choir Concert

incoming 6th grade Plaza students

Dear incoming 6th grade families!


We are very excited that your child will be attending Plaza Middle School and we look forward to meeting your student on Orientation Day on August 11th. As you may know, our school participates in the nationwide WEB Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help sixth graders feel more comfortable, as well as help them achieve success in their first year of middle school.


The WEB sixth grade orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support sixth graders by assigning them an 8th grade WEB Leader as a mentor during this first year. This WEB Leader is a responsible older student who was hand selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader at our school.


The following is some information to let you know what you and your student can expect on orientation day:


1. Bus transportation is provided to and from school on Orientation day.


2. Your child is encouraged not to bring anything with them. This includes backpacks, purses, cell phones or other like items, as the day is quite active. Because the day is active, please make sure your child wears comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement.



3. Students will be participating fun team-building activities, will meet some of their classmates and teachers, will hear important tips about how to succeed in middle school from their WEB Leader, and will tour the building.



4. This is a student only function so we encourage you to let your child attend on her or his own. Parents will not be allowed to stay in the building.


We look forward to meeting your student on orientation day!

Fall Sports Announcement

If your student is interested in participating in a Fall sport (Cross Country, Football (8th grade only), or Volleyball) please make sure they have a current physical on file and have taken or plan to take our IMPACT test. The physical form and IMPACT information can be found on our Plaza website under the activities tab (Mandatory MSHSAA forms and IMPACT testing). Your student must have both of these things prior to the first day of school/practice/tryouts or if they are planning to participate in summer camps/trainings they will need to have it prior to then.


What is IMPACT Testing?

Athletes are required to have an IMPACT (concussion baseline test) on file prior to participating in athletics. The IMPACT test is good for 2 years. Please note that your athlete MUST be 12 years old to complete this test. If they are not yet 12, we will have another session at the beginning of the school year for them to attend.


IMPACT Testing Dates (this will be done during the school day)

Be on the look out for testing dates in August!


*Most summer camps require IMPACT and/or a current physical. If you have any additional questions please reach out to Ms. Amanda Benjamin at BenjaminA@parkhill.k12.mo.us


The test typically takes between 45 and 60 minutes. You are welcome to stay and wait for your student outside or they can call when they are finished to be picked up. They are required to have parent/guardian permission to complete the test. You can find the permission slips here. If your student is not yet 12, they will test at the beginning of next year.


Please remember that every athlete is required to have a physical on file prior to participating in athletics. These must be completed by a doctor. The forms to be completed can also be found on our website.


If you have any questions please reach out to Amanda Benjamin or Brian Van Horn.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL CAMP

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Lady Trojans Basketball Camp

Anyone interested in signing their daughter up for our youth camp June 1-3 please scan the barcode and fill out the information. Go Trojans!!


Aaron Neeser

Park Hill High School

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Summer Conditioning

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ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2021-22 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR

Online Verification & Residency for the 21-22 school year is now open! Every year, all Park Hill families are required to visit the Campus Parent portal to verify student demographic, health, and emergency contact information, and submit proof of residency documents for the upcoming school year Please check your mailbox – we recently mailed a letter and “Getting Started” guide so you can jump right in and get this process completed. You can access a digital copy of the guide on our website.

Note: Only a legal guardian living with a current student in their household can prove residency and complete verification for that student.


Attending Summer School? Complete Verification by May 7!
For the first time, Park Hill families can enroll for summer school through the same online form used to complete online verification and residency. If you have children in kindergarten through eighth grade who plan to attend summer school, please complete your verification prior to May 7 so we can properly process their summer school enrollment.


If you don’t have a Campus Parent account:
Contact your student’s school office (there is a list of numbers at the end of this email). They will send you a unique access code – Campus Parent setup instructions can be found here.


If you need to enroll a new student or kindergartner for 21-22:
You DO NOT need to complete a separate enrollment application if you have other students currently enrolled in the district. There will be an option in the verification form to add new students – please enter your new student(s) there.

If your new kindergartner is a current Gerner student, they will show up in the verification form: you DO NOT need to add them as a new student.

For more detailed instructions on adding a new student, see the “Getting Started” guide. Contact any school office if you have questions about this process.


If you need help verifying or have questions:
Contact your student’s school building at the number listed below. You can also head to any school building – there will be a computer available for verification, and staff members to help you and answer any questions. Remember to bring your proof of residency documents!

SUMMER SCHOOL AT PLAZA

Plaza will play host for summer school this year for Plaza and Congress students from June 7th through July 2nd. The summer school program is an opportunity for students to continue their learning in a fun and safe environment. Best of all it is FREE!


You can register for summer school online during the same time you verify your enrollment and residency for the 2021-22 school year.


For our rising 9th graders, they can participate in Park Hill High School's Online summer school program. Their program is in two sessions. The first session is from June 3rd through June 21st. The second session is from June 22nd through July 9th.


Summer school enrollment ends on May 7th. After May 7th, please give us a call or visit the Park Hill website to register your child.


Click here for additional information.

Library News

Good evening Tigers! We are wrapping up the year with some important dates.



  • May 3rd: 1-Book Checkout (This is now in effect.)
  • May 14th: Last Day for Checkout (This is now in effect.)
  • May 17th - 21st: ALL BOOKS DUE BACK (This is now in effect.)


** ALL TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS SHOULD BE TURNED IN. IF YOU STILL HAVE BOOKS AT HOME PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL. **


The Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting a summer reading program where you can win 3 free books as well as be entered to win a free Kindle Fire, tickets to the KC Zoo, Science City, and The Truman Library! Get the details and sign up on www.mymcpl.org/showme.

2021 Summer Library Program
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REMINDER OF ALLERGIES AT PLAZA

Just a reminder that we have individuals that have severe allergies to latex. Therefore, no latex products will be allowed in the building. Thank you for doing your part in keep all of our Tigers safe!

MESSAGE OF UNITY

Here at Plaza we are stronger together! Through these difficult times, having a shared vision and beliefs will allow us to overcome all obstacles. Through grace, compassion, and love we will weather the storm.


Together.We.Rise

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JOIN PTA!

Join the Plaza PTA and help give back to your community and teachers! You can choose an individual membership for only $15.00, or a business membership for $50.00. Your membership will help support your students, your community and your Plaza teachers! To learn more or to join, simply fill out the PTA request form (link) today!

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com

Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Fundraising: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

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Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


ONE MORE WEEK! ONE MORE WEEK!


We had a great penultimate week at Plaza and look forward to our last week at 6501. I am so very proud of the effort our students have shown this year. This upcoming week we have lots of celebrations and activities for all of our Tigers at Plaza.


Please take a moment to look over the details of the upcoming week. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!


Finish Strong


Dr. Singletary

Message from the principal

Tiger Nation,


Another week down!!! we are inching closer and closer to the finish. This week we completed our MAP testing for our in-person students as well as our some of our online learners. I am proud of the attitude and effort that was on display each and everyday. We will conclude testing for the remainder of our Tigers early next week. Great job!


We have two weeks left...two weeks (no one is counting at all!!! )


I know many are looking forward to the end of the year and what summer has to bring. It will be a great opportunity to recharge and regroup. As we end the year, we will remain consistent and collaborative in our approach at Plaza to ensure our learners get the best from us until they leave our doors on May 28th.


Please take an opportunity to review this edition of the Pride. It contains some end of the year information, upcoming events, and shout outs.


Take care.


Dr. Singletary

Message from the principal

Plaza families,


We just completed our first week of MAP testing. Thank you for partnering with us in preparing your students for success. We had a few hiccups on day 1 but after that things went pretty smooth. As a reminder, we have week 2 of MAP testing coming up. The focus will be on math. Please read the details below on the schedule for our in-person learners as well as our option 1 online learners.


I also want to bring attention to our Panorama survey. Please take some time to fill this survey out for us here at Plaza. This data is valuable in allowing us to learn our strengths as well as opportunities for improvement. The link and access code are below.


There are additional celebrations and events happening at Plaza in the coming weeks! Take a moment to read through all the happenings. It is an exciting and busy time here at Plaza.


The Plaza Virtual Art Festival begins tonight! get some popcorn and a comfortable seat to enjoy our digital thespians and artists perform and display their work for you. We are very proud.


I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.


Take care.


Dr. Singletary

Message from the principal

Tiger Nation,


Next week will be a very important time for our Tigers. We will begin our MAP testing within the building for all grades. I am excited to see our learners perform as they have prepared for this moment the entire year. Through learning in virtual, hybrid, and in-person modalities, 700 plus Tigers have given it their all and are ready to shine.


Please take some time to review all of the information below in regards to testing. If you have any additional questions about anything testing related, please give us a call in the office and we would be happy to walk through your inquiry.


As we come to the conclusion of this year, we will have a number of celebrations and events for your learner to attend (both in-person and virtual). Please take note in the coming weeks of concerts, art shows, drama productions, award ceremonies, and much more! Information will be disseminated via Plaza Pride, Team pages, School Messengers, and our social media platforms. It is an exciting time our Tigers!!


Take care of yourself and one another.


Together.We.Rise


Dr. Singletary

Message from the principal

Plaza families,


As another week comes to its conclusion, we inch closer and closer to the finish line! This year has been a marathon. Our Tigers have been in the race since day 1 and the end is in sight.


In addition, we have a number of amazing things that are happening at Plaza that I would like to highlight and shout out:


  • Plaza students did AMAZING on their spring NWEA tests! many students increase their scores and met their personal goals. We celebrated these accomplishments by hitting a few teachers and admin with whipped cream pies and other incentives! We will use this energy to drive our focus into MAP testing in the coming weeks.


  • Our Change for Change campaign at Plaza to support the Banneker School Foundation and Historic Site that was launched at the end of Black History Month has been a great success and we have far exceeded our expectations.


  • We hosted our first track meet yesterday at Plaza. We had some great performances and we are proud of how all of our Tigers competed.


Our job is not done and we are committed to completing the task at hand. Please encourage your learner to stay in race!


I wish you all a safe and relaxing weekend (hopefully with no snow!)


Take care.


Dr. Singletary

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Good afternoon Tiger Nation,


We did it! we made it through our first 5 day week! Our students worked hard on their NWEA tests as well as the start of the 4th quarter. We are preparing to attack the MAP test in May and finish this year out strong!!!


We continue to be proud of our Tigers and the foundation of family that we have built this year. We are doing something special here at 6501 and that work is paying dividends in our academics, behavior, and culture.


I hope you have a wonderful and hopefully dry weekend.


Take care.


Dr. Singletary

PLAZA MISSION STATEMENT SELECTED!!!

Through our multiple step process, we have selected the new mission statement at Plaza Middle School voted on by staff, students, and the Plaza community!!!


"The mission of Plaza Middle School is to develop collaborative, self-motivated, life-long learners who will become productive members of our diverse multicultural society. In a safe and supportive environment, our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will provide a relevant and rigorous curriculum that engages and challenges the abilities of each student."


We look forward to using this mission to drive our Vision at Plaza Middle School.

The New Mission Statement for Plaza Middle School
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - 3/26

Tiger Nation,


What a whirlwind of a week! I continue to be impressed about how our students respond to adversity. The Great Malware Attack of 2021 will not stop our Tigers from being Great!!!


Please take this week to relax and recover from the many changes. Spend time outside, exercise, read a book, or just do nothing. Give yourself permission to indulge in peace and tranquility.


When we return, we will begin 4th quarter at Plaza. This last push will be filled with testing (NWEA and MAP) as well as other end of the year athletics and activities. Let's finish strong together and not just be good, let's be GREAT!!!


Take care of yourself.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Principal

Plaza Middle School

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tiger family,


Next week we will embark on yet another new journey. This year we have endured much, but I believe we will be better for it.


Starting Monday we will have all of our in-person learners here at Plaza. We will be one step closer to all of us being together. I look forward to our community growing closer as we finish the year strong.


Last week I hope we addressed questions you may have had in this transition. If you have additional questions, please let us know or reference our website for details.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary.

Principal

Plaza Middle School


Link to Plaza Re-Entry documents: https://plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us/news/what_s_new/plaza_reopening_plan

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tiger Nation,


We completed another great week at Plaza Middle School. The atmosphere is shifting as we prepare to change back to full time for our hybrid learners. Starting on Monday, March 22nd our hybrid model will not exist. This comes with a myriad of benefits and challenges. This coming week, we will address these with learners on their respective group day in preparation for full time school. We ask that you also begin to have conversations at home as to what that looks like for your learner.


For our online learners, we understand that many in our community have worked hard to establish routines and discipline. We have heard through surveys and student focus groups that having as few disruptions as possible would be the most beneficial for our online community. That said, we want to honor that in announcing that no major changes will be happening with our online learning cycle. Content will still be released on Wednesdays at 9 am and due the following Tuesday. However, it is important to note that because our in person learners are going full time, it will impact things such as zoom/teams times and individual teacher office hours. Teachers will communicate their new availability to our online learners. Virtual Wednesdays will no longer exist so I would ask for continued patience and partnership as we navigate these continual choppy waters.


Plaza's leadership team and staff have been hard at work developing a re-entry plan that is comprehensive in preparing students return to the building outlining both instructional and health related topics. I encourage you to view the links below for our update 5 pillars of infection control document as well as Plaza's Re-Entry Plan.


Please take note of next weeks schedule. It does look different due to our virtual day being shifted from Wednesday, the 17th to Thursday, the 18th. It will also look different the week we come back from spring break.


I continue to be amazed by the sheer resilience and tenacity of our Tigers. With all of these changes, OUR KIDS have had a smile on their faces (well under their masks!), OUR KIDS have stared adversity in the face and said, "NOT TODAY!!!" OUR KIDS inspire me each and every day to be better. Thank you for sharing them with me and with us.


Every storm runs out of rain. Have a great weekend.


Take care.


Link to Plaza Re-Entry documents: https://plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us/news/what_s_new/plaza_reopening_plan


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Principal

Plaza Middle School

#TogetherWeRise

PHSD BOARD APPROVES DR. SINGLETARY AS PLAZA'S PRINCIPAL


We are proud to announce that the Board approved naming Dr. Adrian Singletary, who is currently serving as interim principal here at Plaza Middle School, as the principal for Plaza!


Dr. Singletary came to Park Hill in 2009 as a social studies teacher at Park Hill South High School, where he became an administrative intern in 2015. He moved to Park Hill High School as assistant principal and athletic director in 2017.

Since becoming interim principal at Plaza, Dr. Singletary has worked to improve school climate by focusing on relationships and providing a safe and inclusive environment for all students. Dr. Singletary launched the Plaza student cabinet and the diversity, equity and inclusion committee for the school. Dr. Singletary has been active in the Park Hill community, partnering with local organizations such as the Banneker School Foundation and LevelUp Kids in effort to strengthen the bonds between community and school.

He received his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas, master’s degree from KU and bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri.


We warmly welcome you Dr. Singletary!!

PLAZA MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

We would love community input in our creation of Plaza Middle School's mission statement! If you would like to take part in this collaborative process with the students, staff, and community, please click the links below.

ATTENTION PLAZA FAMILIES: GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT LESSONS

As part of the BOE approved Life Education curriculum, Plaza students take pare in Growth & Development lessons. The Growth & Development lessons are scheduled for 6th grade the week of March 22nd - 26th. Grades 7 and 8 will be spending all of March completing their lessons. If you prefer your student not take part in the lessons, please contact your student's Life Education teacher prior to Friday, February 26th.

STUDENT ANTIGEN TESTING

Starting on January 4, Park Hill School District started to offer antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If your child has symptoms, please contact the school nurse at 816-359-4214.


If your child is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and are wanting to have them tested, here's how:


1.) Must be a student in the Park Hill School District.

2.) Must have symptoms.

3.) Call School nurse for consult 359-4214, once verified you will be given a number to make appointment for testing site.

4.) Click and print this consent form below. (Fill out prior to your child's appointment.)


Please contact me if your child has an exposure or symptoms of Covid, or if you have any health or wellness concerns at any time.


Miechele Berkley

Plaza Middle School Nurse

816-359-4214

BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us

PLAZA CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

Plaza Middle School will be recognizing Black History Month this year with a month full of engaging activities and lessons on contributions of African Americans. This years focus will be on Kansas City and Parkville history.


Our celebration will culminate in launching the "Change for Change" fundraiser to support the Banneker School Foundation and Historical Site in Parkville, Mo.


We are excited to provide these learning experiences to all of our Tigers!!!


Links for BHM Learning:

Week 1: African American Heritage Trail Activity

Week 2: African American Heritage Trail Activity

Week 3: Virtual Museum Tours: Jazz Museum and Negro League Baseball Museum

Week 4: Banneker School and Historic Site of Parkville, Mo Presentation, reflection, and launch of fundraiser.

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PLAZA STUDENTS ENGAGING IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tiger Nation,


Happy New Year!!! I hope you had a restful break. We are excited to have your student back in our physical and virtual spaces. Please take a moment to view our newsletter as the coming weeks will be very busy as we transition into the second semester.


I also want to make quick note of the week of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Due to the holiday, the school schedule will look different. We will also be administering our Winter NWEA exams that Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th. This round of testing will take place in-person for hybrid students and online for our virtual learners. Additional details will be sent out to your learner in the coming week. As we approach the end of this semester, lets continue our hard work and collaboration. Finish strong!!!


I would remiss if I did not address the events that took place earlier this week. As many of you are aware, Wednesday our nation witnessed an event that will go down in American History.


This event displayed the effects of when people cannot get along and not work toward a common goal.


Here at Plaza, We have tried to uphold our belief in collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork.

Our building-wide mantra of Together We Rise is no more evident, is no more relevant, and is no more needed than this very moment in time.


We will continue to live out these principles not only in word, but in deed.


We are strong.

We are resilient.

We are Plaza.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Tiger Talk 12.18.20

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Plaza families,


I am very proud of the effort by all of our students and staff over the past two weeks with how we have collectively handled distance learning. As 2020 has shown us, flexibility and perseverance are key to our success. On Monday, December 14th we will be transitioning back to our previous modality of hybrid and online learning modes. Please make note of this and adjust your schedules accordingly.


We have a number of events happening this week as well as a spirit week to keep the holiday spirit present. Take a look as we would invite you to participate with us!


Let us finish the year strong and most importantly, healthy. Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


We have just completed our first week of full distance learning at Plaza Middle School. Students and teachers have been working diligently to transition to a new modality for the weeks following Thanksgiving break. I have been heartened observing all of great learning experiences that are taking place hour after hour in the digital space.


As we approach the second week of distance learning, reflect on what made the first week a success or perhaps what presented challenges and communicate those efforts with our staff to better support you and your learner.


Thank you all for your commitment and continued flexibility this year.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Plaza families,


As we approach Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to you. This will be an opportunity to recharge, renew, and reconnect at home with our families. As a parent of school-aged children myself, I understand the roller coaster of emotions this school year has brought.


When we return, Plaza will be in an all virtual modality for two weeks. I am excited for the prospect of bringing our numerous learning modalities together. This will provide more opportunities to connect with our teachers and staff.


Over the coming days, our teachers will be preparing hybrid learners for this shift in learning modality and for our online Tigers, an updated schedule of connection opportunities.


We Are Resilient. We Are Strong. We Are Tigers.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal

Tiger Nation,


Make no mistake, we are experiencing tremendous adversity. This pandemic has impacted our resources and it has dominated our collective mindshare. We are continuing to monitor our position within these trying times to ensure we are coming from a place of strength.


The Plaza community is strong. The teachers are strong. The students are strong. Together we have built something special and we will fight for it. As we continue into the unknown, take solace knowing you are not alone. We will continue to be a motivated staff that will do the best for all students at 6501.


Tigers, I invite you to read the rest of the Smore as it has valuable information on the coming week and the forecast of things to come. Continue to stay intentional in all you do and I hope you all have a safe weekend.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Plaza families,


The start of second quarter is here! What a great opportunity to hit the reset button both mentally and emotionally on the past several months. We have learned much and are up to the task of continuing along the path of upholding our Plaza mission of working together to engage, challenge, inspire, and grow.


This smore in particular holds some very important reminders and happenings at Plaza Middle School. From Staff COVID testing to 2nd semester enrollment declarations, it is packed full of what I believe is necessary information for you to digest.


This week I set before you the task of perspective. We all come from many different walks of life and with that comes perspective. For some these events have been traumatic and challenging and for others it has been an opportunity to reconnect and strengthen bonds. For many it may be a mix of all of the above. Reflect on the perspective you view your world through. This lens is key to developing a consciousness that drives our "why" in all we do and gives us a hope for a better tomorrow.


Remember... the loss to the Las Vegas Raiders seemed like the end of the world earlier this year, however just a year ago that very same week Patrick Mahomes dislocated his knee on a quarterback sneak. He would later lead Kansas City to its first Super Bowl victory in over 50 years.


Perspective.



As always, take care of yourself and one another.



Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Good afternoon Tiger Nation,


As the first quarter comes to its conclusion and the second starts anew, take some time to reflect. Take stock of your experiences at Plaza thus far this year. Reflect on what worked for you as a parent and your learner, as well as the challenges faced. As always, we want to partner with you in our process of self improvement and invite you to join us on this journey.


We are indeed in a time that is so unique for all of us. This is especially evident in education. Teaching and learning has and will inherently look different this year. However, we will remain student-focused here at Plaza.


Life continues to find a way here at Plaza. Spirit week was a great experience for staff and students alike. MTSS groups are going and have narrowed our focus in math and reading as well as offering enrichments to stimulate the mind and creativity. Winter sports are about to be underway, 2nd quarter intramurals are starting, and our yearbook staff is hard at work gathering content. Please continue to read below to find additional information of other timely news at Plaza.


In the coming weeks, please continue to reflect on the finite time that we have and more importantly what we do with it. Intentionality is everything.


Be safe. Don't eat too much candy. Sleep an extra hour, and as always take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal

Happy Friday Tiger Nation,


We had another great week here at Plaza Middle School. Living in Missouri, all of us are accustomed to the Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde nature of weather, but make no mistake, fall is indeed here! With that said, please be mindful as you embark to school each day and ensure your student is comfortable based on the elements.


Also, we are coming to the conclusion of the first quarter. Please work with your students and their teachers to make a final push to attack their meaningful missing assignments. We will begin second quarter at the end of the week.


We are also excited to announce that we are beginning our MTSS groups during tutorial beginning Monday. Students will have the opportunity to be apart of enrichments and interventions at Plaza. In addition, our second quarter intramurals will begin in the coming weeks. Please be on the lookout for this information as we will have additional learning opportunities for students/families looking for additional support.


Please check the remainder of the Smore for additional news and happenings at Plaza.


I appreciate your continued support for your student as well as our staff here at Plaza Middle School. I understand this time is difficult and fraught with challenges, however this is but a moment in time for our learners and for humanity. Our resilience is being put to the test each and every day in multiple facets of life. However, our resolve to be student focused here at Plaza is unwavering.


Be safe this weekend and take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal 10.8

Tiger faithful,


We had a great week at Plaza! we are entering week 5 of our learning at 6501 and I am excited for all the wonderful things that are happening. Our staff continues to build meaningful relationships with students and with those bonds strengthening comes deeper and more engaging experiences.


Although we are in a pandemic, I encourage you to continue to partner with us as we continue to build a better environment at Plaza. We will continue to be reflective in our practices and embody the Park Hill School District value of continuous improvement.


Please take a few moments to glance at all the news we have to share with you, I hope it is informative and timely. Have a wonderful weekend Tiger Nation.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal

Hello Tiger Nation!


I just wanted to take a moment to say that it is my privilege to continue to serve you. We are well underway at Plaza both virtually and in the hybrid modality. Fall sports, activities, and intramurals are going strong and we are proud of the PRIDE each individual Tiger has shown.


We have begun NWEA testing as well as settling into our Wednesday-to-Wednesday instructional chunking routine. While technology may often be a boon, it can also present challenges and frustration.


I would ask that if you continue to experience issues to please reach out to us. Contact your students Life Ed. teacher, content teacher, or technology department. We would love to address your issues and get them resolved. I am also excited to announce that the district has launched its Parent University Portal. This can be accessed via the district website under online learning and provides a myriad of topics and solutions to issues in the hybrid and online digital space.


I understand that COVID has impact all of us in one way or another. Rest assured that we remain steadfast in ensuring the safety of all student and staff at Plaza. That said, WE NEED YOU! Partnering with our families is key to upholding the missing here at Plaza: Working Together, to Engage, Challenge, Inspire, and Grow.


This year we have all collectively experienced trauma with a wide range of situations that extends out to our communities and our nation as a whole. It is apparent more than ever for us to be unified.


This belief is central to our mission and our theme for 2020-21, Together We Rise.


As always, take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


Week two is in the books! I am proud of how students and staff has adjusted to adversity at the beginning of the school year. This is a testament to the grit displayed and how Tigers will react to future challenges.


It was also the first week where we had a virtual day. Our staff and students were engaged in synchronous and asynchronous work throughout the building and in your homes. As a reminder, learning will be broken into weekly "chunks" starting on Wednesday and ending the following Tuesday. New content should be loaded every Wednesday for the new week.


Week two also saw the beginning of our fall sports and activities as well as our homework helper intramural. Please see information below to take full advantage of what additional academic support Plaza has to offer.


As week three approaches, we encounter new events such as NWEA testing and some of our first home sporting events. Please review our information online NWEA testing the coming Wednesdays as well as our protocols on athletic events at Plaza.


Hard to believe that we are already knocking on the door of October. With that said, time waits on no one, let's make the most of it!


Take care of yourself and each other.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


We were so blessed to have the opportunity to begin our school year at Plaza. We had a strong start of the week and look forward to serving the community for the rest of the school year. My hope is that as students returned to you, they had fond stories of their first days back in the building.


If you had issues with technology or the user interface please reach out to the building or your students Life Ed. teacher in order to ensure your learner is on the right path for success.


We have collectively experienced something that no one has ever been through. It is through our commitment to each other that we will prevail. We will continue to improve each and everyday.


Remember to be patient with yourself and one another. Remember to have grace. Remember to have fun!


We Are Resilient. We Are Strong. We Are Tigers


Together We Rise


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal.

Good day Tiger Nation,


Over the past several weeks, Plaza Middle School staff has been preparing for students to walk through its doors both physically and virtually. We have utilized professional development time to establish safety protocols and well as develop enriching content for our Tigers in the hybrid and virtual modality. Traditional school will look different this year, however what will not change is the commitment to our community and ALL students in Tiger Nation. We know and accept that this year will have its trials and tribulations, but how we deal with this adversity collectively will truly set us apart.


This resilience in our young people inspires us and drives our work, our mission, and our 2020-21 theme: Together We Rise.


Please read the following information below as it contains critical information on laptop distribution, material pick ups for our virtual students, and our virtual family orientation.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

8/14/2020

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


During these times of uncertainty, it often feels as if we are on a roller coaster full of changes. It is important to remember that as we embark on this journey into the unknown, as a collective our resolve at Plaza remains student centered and student focused.


Here at Plaza we have been working throughout the summer to ensure a safe and caring environment for staff and students as we welcome them back for the 2020-21 school year. It will indeed be memorable for everyone. I know there are a number of questions that families have regarding academics and COVID-19 protocols. Parents will be receiving additional information on August 17th.


A few other important dates include:

- August 24th (Team names will be released to families who have completed their OLV)

- September 2nd (Virtual family Orientation)



What a time to be alive. What a great time to be a Tiger!


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

AMI Schedule

If bad weather, temperatures or road conditions make it unsafe for students to get to school, we will call an AMI distance learning day.


In addition, here is the schedule you can expect at Plaza:


  • All of our students, both in-person and Park Hill Online, will have distance learning on an AMI day from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., with a break from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Students should check their online learning platform (Schoology) at 9 a.m. to see what teachers have planned for the day.

  • Teachers will have planning time from 8 to 9 a.m.

  • Teachers have lessons posted for students by 9 a.m.

  • Teachers will be available to students between 9 a.m. and 3:40 p.m., with the exception of an hour for lunch and midday planning from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Our teams have individual schedules that will include optional video meetings if they choose to have them.


Additional information on AMI days can be found on the district website HERE.